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Cambodia: The First BarCamp Angkor

Since 2008, BarCamps in Cambodia have been organized in Phnom Penh. But this year's BarCamp will take place in the provincial town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the world-famous Angkor temple complex. Build Bright University in Siem Reap Province is the venue of the event.

Similar to other BarCamp events, the BarCamp Siem Reap aims to gather IT enthusiasts and students in order to share and learn new innovations and ideas in technology, software development, and business solutions.

Interestingly, a BarCamp fan who is living in Phnom Pehn, which is approximately 314 kilometers away from Siem Reap, informed his online readers that he traveled to the venue on his motorbike to attend the event

Photo courtesy of http://barcampsiemreap.org/

Be Chantra, the lead BarCamp Angkor team organizer explained by the event was brought to Siem Reap

BarCamp, an open, free, and no fixed schedule or speakers designed, is generally organized in various towns like BarCamp Yangon, BarCamp Bangkok, Barcamp Chiang Mai. Thus, the BarCamp is brought to Siem Reap town in order to allow and attract participation from youth and other IT enthusiasts living in the town. Also, this may also attract the participation of other fans from overseas and from the capital of Phnom Penh as the venue of Siem Reap is a famous tourist spot.

Chantra recognizes the challenges for the team in mobilizing and campaigning for better participation of the local youth population. He adds that all members of the organizing team are volunteers living in Phnom Penh

Chantra expects the attendance to reach 500 and out of this figure about 80 individuals from Phnom Penh have confirmed their attendance. He hopes that the first launch of BarCamp Angkor will help in bridging the digital divide in the country. He also wants more active participation of the local youth in technology development issues.

News group Sabay, one of the sponsors of the event, encouraged the participation of young people in the province to interact with prominent IT enthusiasts from the capital and neighboring countries.

BarCamp Angkor 2012ជា​ឱកាស​ពិសេស​សម្រាប់​យុវជន យុវនារី​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប​ជួប​ជាមួយ​វាគ្មិន​ដែល​អញ្ជើញ​មកពី សៀមរាប រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ សិង្ហបុរី ម៉ាឡេស៊ី ថៃ វៀតណាម ។

“BarCamp Angkor 2012 offer a great opportunity for local youth both male and female in the Siem Reap town to associate with key speakers from the town, Phnom Penh capital, and other countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.”

A team from Sithi.org, the first human rights portal in Cambodia facilitated by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, will participate in the event to highlight the right to internet access and media freedom.

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